The Past and the Future of International Political Studies


Russian foreign policy faces a substantial structural adjustment of the international system, which affects national interests to a significant degree. Increasing uncertainty and growing tensions in its relations with Western states make greater analytical skills in decision making and an ability to communicate more effectively its intentions and strategies all the more necessary, to have a positive impact on the global intellectual discourse. The Russian academic community graduating from the learning stage of its development of the 1990s, has made an impressive leap forward in the understanding of the current international transformations both on global and institutional levels. New research fields and disciplines have developed intensively in recent years. Still, the Russian academic community remains largely on the periphery of the existing system of international research communication. There is a gap in this respect separating it not only from leading Western research institutions, which remain the trend setters of the global intellectual landscape, but also from the new emerging centers of academic production. The risks caused by the lack of representation of Russian experts in international academic discourse forced the national leadership to identify it as a priority problem. Response to this challenge should incorporate existing rich traditions of Russian academic schools, and therefore rely on institutions of self-governance of the national professional community. Reorganized educational and methodological associations of Universities need to fulfill this coordinating role. Given the growing global competition, they are expected to facilitate the transition of the Russian University to a new innovative training method in International Relations and Area Studies.

Keywords: national academic schools; polycentricworld; globalacademicdiscourse; International Relations; Area Studies; Educational and Methodological

Authors: Anatoly Torkunov

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